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Advanced Application Guides

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Alternate Support Methods for Build Optimization

Explore alternate support methods to optimize performance as a project moves from prototype application to direct digital manufacturing.

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Assemblies, Best Practice

Get best practices on using FDM technology to build complete assemblies, which give designers greater design freedom and eliminates the time required to assemble separate parts.

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Bead Blasting for Surface Smoothing

Learn how bead blasting with plastic media, an inexpensive and quick application, can give your 3D printed part a great surface finish without sandpaper, fillers or solvents.

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Bonding Methods for FDM Materials

Determine the best approach to bonding FDM parts with this evaluation by Stratasys on seven common methods for joining parts made from eight materials.

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Electroplating with FDM Masters

Learn how to make FDM parts ready for electroplating with alloys such as chromium, nickel, copper, silver and gold. Combining the FDM material properties with those of a metal coating gives a part strength, durability and heat resistance ideal for functional applications.

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FDM for Jigs And Fixtures

Learn the steps for creating jigs and fixtures using FDM to reduce costs and tooling production time.

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Finishing Touch Smoothing Station: Expanding Possibilities

Get the guide on using the Finishing Touch Smoothing Station to yield prototypes, tools and end-use parts that have finishes that are ready for paint, plating or production.

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Guidelines for Preparing and Painting FDM Parts

Learn the step-by-step process of how to turn an FDM part into an eye-catching sample.

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Injection Blow Molding with FDM

Get general guidelines on injection blow molding with FDM tooling, an application used to produce hollow plastic parts with thin walls such as beverage bottles, cosmetic containers and pharmaceutical packaging.

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Modular Fixtures

Get the step-by-step process for creating a 3D printed modular fixturing system, a versatile alternative to a single-purpose, dedicated fixture.

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Paper Pulp Molding with FDM machines

FDM provides a fast, low-cost alternative for paper pulp molding. Get the steps on how to produce the porous molds that form the pulp to eliminate machining and hand-fabrication.

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RTV (Rubber) Mold Making

Learn how to use FDM in any RTV molding project and get the steps to produce patterns and mold components that form the RTV rubber mold.

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RTV Molding with Soluble Cores

Learn how RTV molding can produce intricate and complex urethane castings quickly and affordably.

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Sealing Methods for FDM Materials

Compare five methods for sealing parts made from eight FDM materials to select the best approach for your project.

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Silicone Molding With FDM Patterns

Learn how to replace machined patterns with FDM patterns to speed up the silicone mold-making process for prototyping and short-run production.

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Spin Casting

Learn the benefits of using FDM as a pattern making option for spin casting and how thermoplastic materials are a viable method because they can endure the vulcanizing process.

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Surrogate Parts for Design, Manufacturing, Training and Support

Discover how to use FDM surrogate components to assess assembly, installation, serviceability, routing, interfaces or manufacturing training aids for assembly and service technicians.

Advanced Application Guides

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Alternate Support Methods for Build Optimization

Explore alternate support methods to optimize performance as a project moves from prototype application to direct digital manufacturing.

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Assemblies, Best Practice

Get best practices on using FDM technology to build complete assemblies, which give designers greater design freedom and eliminates the time required to assemble separate parts.

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Bead Blasting for Surface Smoothing

Learn how bead blasting with plastic media, an inexpensive and quick application, can give your 3D printed part a great surface finish without sandpaper, fillers or solvents.

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Bonding Methods for FDM Materials

Determine the best approach to bonding FDM parts with this evaluation by Stratasys on seven common methods for joining parts made from eight materials.

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End-Use Parts

Learn the benefits of using FDM for end-use parts. Substituting FDM for traditional manufacturing processes can substantially reduce lead times, costs and create new design opportunities.

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FDM for Jigs And Fixtures

Learn the steps for creating jigs and fixtures using FDM to reduce costs and tooling production time.

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Finishing Touch Smoothing Station: Expanding Possibilities

Get the guide on using the Finishing Touch Smoothing Station to yield prototypes, tools and end-use parts that have finishes that are ready for paint, plating or production.

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Guidelines for Preparing and Painting FDM Parts

Alternate Support Methods for Build Optimization Explore alternate support methods to optimize performance as a project moves from prototype application to direct digital manufacturing.

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Injection Blow Molding with FDM

Get general guidelines on injection blow molding with FDM tooling, an application used to produce hollow plastic parts with thin walls such as beverage bottles, cosmetic containers and pharmaceutical packaging.

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Paper Pulp Molding with FDM machines

FDM provides a fast, low-cost alternative for paper pulp molding. Get the steps on how to produce the porous molds that form the pulp to eliminate machining and hand-fabrication.

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RTV (Rubber) Mold Making

Learn how to use FDM in any RTV molding project and get the steps to produce patterns and mold components that form the RTV rubber mold.

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Sealing Methods for FDM Materials

Compare five methods for sealing parts made from eight FDM materials to select the best approach for your project.

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Surrogate Parts for Design, Manufacturing, Training and Support

Discover how to use FDM surrogate components to assess assembly, installation, serviceability, routing, interfaces or manufacturing training aids for assembly and service technicians.

Advanced Application Guides

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Assemblies, Best Practice

Get best practices on using FDM technology to build complete assemblies, which give designers greater design freedom and eliminates the time required to assemble separate parts.

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Data Segmentation for Medical 3D Printing

Get guidance on how to process, segment and successfully 3D print data acquired via 3D medical imaging.

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FDM Tooling for Sheet Metal Forming

Learn how to use FDM as an alternative tool-making method for sheet metal forming with hydroforming or rubber pad press processes.

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FDM for Jigs And Fixtures

Learn the steps for creating jigs and fixtures using FDM to reduce costs and tooling production time.

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FDM for Sand Casting

Get detailed pattern designs for using FDM in the sand mold making process. Sand casting is a cost-effective, efficient process for small-lot production or high-volume manufacturing.

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Finishing Touch Smoothing Station: Expanding Possibilities

Get the guide on using the Finishing Touch Smoothing Station to yield prototypes, tools and end-use parts that have finishes that are ready for paint, plating or production.

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Guidelines for Preparing and Painting FDM Parts

Learn the step-by-step process of how to turn an FDM part into an eye-catching sample.

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Injection Blow Molding with FDM

Get general guidelines on injection blow molding with FDM tooling, an application used to produce hollow plastic parts with thin walls such as beverage bottles, cosmetic containers and pharmaceutical packaging.

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Investment Casting with FDM Patterns

Learn how to use FDM for complex molded wax patterns to reduce time and expenses incurred.

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Modular Fixtures

Get the step-by-step process for creating a 3D printed modular fixturing system, a versatile alternative to a single-purpose, dedicated fixture.

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Paper Pulp Molding with FDM machines

FDM provides a fast, low-cost alternative for paper pulp molding. Get the steps on how to produce the porous molds that form the pulp to eliminate machining and hand-fabrication.

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RTV Molding with FDM Patterns

Learn how using FDM for RTV molding to produce small quantities in less time and at less cost than machining or injection molding.

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RTV Molding with Soluble Cores

Learn how RTV molding can produce intricate and complex urethane castings quickly and affordably.

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RTV (Rubber) Mold Making

Learn how to use FDM in any RTV molding project and get the steps to produce patterns and mold components that form the RTV rubber mold.

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Sacrificial Cores And Mandrels For Composite Layups

Get the steps on how to use FDM sacrificial, soluble cores, a more efficient and cost-effective approach to creating accurate, seamless parts and high-quality, internal surface finishes.

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Sealing Methods for FDM Materials

Compare five methods for sealing parts made from eight FDM materials to select the best approach for your project.

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Silicone Molding With FDM Patterns

Learn how to replace machined patterns with FDM patterns to speed up the silicone mold-making process for prototyping and short-run production.

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Spin Casting

Learn the benefits of using FDM as a pattern making option for spin casting and how thermoplastic materials are a viable method because they can endure the vulcanizing process.

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Surrogate Parts for Design, Manufacturing, Training and Support

Discover how to use FDM surrogate components to assess assembly, installation, serviceability, routing, interfaces or manufacturing training aids for assembly and service technicians.

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Thermoforming

Learn how to use FDM technology to construct thermoforming tooling to make the process simpler, more efficient and increasingly cost-effective.

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Wind Tunnel Testing

Learn how FDM is a faster, less expensive and more efficient method for making detailed and accurate wind tunnel test models.

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